Mainz is a city rich in history. It is the site of the carnival, Mainzer Fassenacht, which has been around since the 19th century. It is a hub for Jewish theology and a place where you can find some of the most authentic glimpses of traditional German culture. Along with German culture, it’s easy to find outstanding regional cuisine along with some tasty international food. Here are our top picks for dining out in Mainz.
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Located on a quaint side street in Mainz, Weinstube Hottum serves traditional German cuisine at a great price. It is a down-to-earth establishment where the owners are likely to be the ones waiting on the tables. The restaurant also has an English-friendly menu. They are best-known for their schnitzel as well as their excellent selection of local German wines. Weinstube Hottum has a charming, homey interior filled with rustic timber, and it is illuminated by candlelight. Come here to enjoy the quintessential wine and food of this region of the country, and a truly ‘gemutliche’ atmosphere.
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Flammkuchen is a sort of German flatbread that is similar to a wood-fired pizza. Kamin Flammkuchen serves a wide variety of German flammkuchen with toppings including different kinds or meats, apples, and cheeses. Kamin Flammkuchen’s menu is vegetarian-friendly, too. There are also Italian options like prosciutto and arugula. Finish your meal with their delicious apple strudel. One order is enough for two to share. The interior features a large fireplace, which makes the restaurant a cozy place to dine. Expect friendly and efficient service. We recommend you make a reservation because this place is quite popular with the locals.
Steakhaus El Chico specializes in serving high quality steaks prepared to your liking and paired with herbed butter and decadent sides. One of Steakhaus El Chico’s signature sides is the baked potato served with creamy whipped potato filling. The potato croquettes are popular as well. You can also find gourmet soups and meats like the excellent lamb fillet. This restaurant is both tourist- and expat-friendly. They even offer a special on Thanksgiving. A meal at Steakhaus El Chico is likely to keep you coming back for more, as it offers excellent food for a solid price.
Le Cédre du Liban offers authentic homemade Lebanese and Mediterranean fare in a casual setting. The extensive menu is sure to please vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Come here for sandwiches, wraps, falafel, shawarma, mousaka, and hummus. Portions are large and prices can’t be beaten. It is a family-owned restaurant that has been in operation for 20 years. This is the place to come if you’re looking for ethnic food prepared with love. It is the perfect place for a light meal or a snack, compared to heavier German alternatives located in the surroundings. You can eat there or order your food for takeaway.
Located in a historic brick building, Gastätte Holztor is a German restaurant and wine bar. Here, you can enjoy a hearty schnitzel with mushrooms and potatoes, as well as goose, fresh salads, roast chicken and daily specials like venison with spaetzle. There is a lovely patio for dining al fresco when the weather is nice. The interior consists of white plaster walls, richly colored timber paneling, and a full bar with an extensive selection of wines on offer. The staff is knowledgeable about the wines and always willing to provide recommendations. The restaurant attracts many regulars with its excellent food and friendly service.
Located at the edge of downtown Mainz, Ha Noi serves Vietnamese cuisine. Come here for crispy duck, spring rolls, refreshing drinks, curry, papaya salad, and chicken served on a sizzling cast iron platter. For dessert, try the banana pudding or pineapple flambé. Ingredients are always fresh and the dishes are light and bursting with flavor. The interior is simple with exposed wooden ceilings and large potted plants. There is some outdoor seating available as well. Here, you can expect large portions of authentic food that has not been compromised to fit a more European palate.
Bellpepper is your go-to spot in Mainz for indulging in a swanky dining experience or for hosting a special event. Some menu items include truffle risotto, steak, salmon ravioli, pork duroc, gnocchi, beef tartare, and black pudding. Bellpepper also has an extensive breakfast and brunch buffet. The warehouse-style interior features contemporary décor and a ceiling comprised entirely of large windows. The restaurant overlooks the Rhine and there is a gorgeous view of the river from the outdoor terrace. A meal at Bellpepper will be an unforgettable experience.
DoMo serves a variety of Asian cuisine including Korean specialties like beef bulgogi and Japanese bento boxes. You can find spicy soups and ramen as well. DoMo is an excellent spot to stop for lunch while taking a stroll through the city. This is because DoMo provides an excellent lunch special. The interior is simple and unpretentious with some Japanese décor. DoMo is a must-try while in Mainz, the quality of the dishes is immense.
Located in an old church, Heiliggeist has been converted into a German-style beer garden. The exterior looks like a medieval fortress while the interior consists of vaulted ceilings that give the place a Gothic appeal. Come here for roasted pork knuckle, sandwiches, wiener schnitzel, fresh salads, pork medallions with gnocchi, soups, sausages, and of course, lots of beer. A meal at Heiliggeist is certain to satisfy even the most voracious of appetites. Here you will also find a relaxed and welcoming setting, making it a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely meal out with friends or family.
Schrebergarten is a hip vegan and vegetarian restaurant. The interior is colorful and minimal in style, which helps to create a friendly and tranquil atmosphere. Most menu items fall into the category of soup, salad, or specialty drinks. In addition to these things, Schrebergarten makes loaded baked potatoes. You can order a German-themed potato with pretzels, gherkins and sauerkraut, along with many other inventive versions like the Kenyan or the Mexican potatoes. Finish you meal with a fresh homemade cookie. At Schrebergarten, you will find a unique and vibrant dining experience centered around nutrition and ethically sourced foods.